A leaked case for the iPhone 5 suggests the next-generation smartphone will sport a complete redesign, including a larger display, bigger home button and a thinner profile.
9to5Mac got its hands on one of the actual models of the cases from a source who accurately described the design schematics of the iPad 2 ahead of its launch. The blog is reporting that the company that manufactures the cases has already put the line into production ahead of the iPhone 5’s release.
Apart from a thinner profile and a bigger screen, Mobilefun.co.uk is tipping that the iPhone 5 won’t be a mere upgraded iPhone 4, but instead feature an ergonomic design with a curved back. Unlike 9to5, Mobilefun.co.uk – which received two design mock-ups from separate manufacturers – is claiming the unit will abandon the Home button in favour of a ‘capacitive strip,’ a larger, touch sensitive oval at the bottom of the unit.
Along with changes to the Home button, the buttons on the side of the phone are liable to change sides, perhaps also to be replaced with capacitive strips.
The reports of a thinner and lighter design corroborate with earlier claims from the Wall Street Journal, which ran the story twice.
What’s most interesting about this tranche of rumours is that it stems from not only one, but a wide range of sources, as the expected launch of the iPhone 5 edges ever closer.